Ruth Mitchell

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North East businesses to given insight into Olympic construction practices

Businesses in the North East are to be given an insight into the health and safety procedures achieved during the build phase of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Head of Health and Safety for the Olympic Delivery Authority Lawrence Waterman will offer local businesses advice about good working practices and demonstrate how changes can be made to create improvements, no matter what size the organisation.

As part of the brief for the construction of the Olympic Park, the Olympic Delivery Authority made the conscious decision to try and raise standards in the construction industry. The lessons learned now form part of the lasting benefits of London 2012, and have the potential to influence health and safety throughout the UK.

Ross Hirst HSE Principal Inspector for the Construction Division in the North East explained: “From its inception the ODA declared that its aim was to be a leader in health and safwety, integrating these objectives into planning, design and construction operations, together with enhancing workforce wellbeing.

“And the safety record of the massive Olympic Park construction project has been exemplary.”

35,000 workers have been on the Olympic site since construction began, and in over 66 million hours of work, there were 109 reportable injuries, and no fatalities.

The event will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth on the 12thOctober 2011.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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